NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon pitched like a guy who didn't expect his team to score many runs. Where do you think he got that idea? The New York Mets did score a run Tuesday night. They scored three of them, all in the fourth inning, giving Colon just enough support for a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
The Mets hadn't scored in 21 innings before their five-batter outburst in the fourth, and they didn't score for four innings after it. But the Orioles didn't score in the first seven innings off Colon, finally getting on the board on Manny Machado's one-out home run in the eighth.
It was hardly an encouraging offensive night for the Mets, especially since the Orioles' starter was Bud Norris, who entered the night with the highest ERA (12.18) of any major league pitcher with at least 15 innings pitched. Because of Colon and the Mets bullpen, it was enough for a win, which was relief enough after seven losses in 10 games.
Finally some runs: The Mets, who endured back-to-back 1-0 losses Saturday and Sunday and were off Monday, extended their scoreless streak to 21 innings before they got three in the fourth inning Tuesday. Lucas Duda led off the inning with a double to deep center field, and Daniel Murphy's one-out single broke the drought. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki followed with doubles.
Another streak starts: After the Mets scored their three runs in a five-batter span, they went 11-up, 11-down for the rest of the night.
A fresh start? Terry Collins told Flores he should treat Tuesday like a "fresh start," after two days out of the lineup. Collins also said of Flores: "This kid is going to hit."
Fresh start or not, Flores did hit Tuesday. His double off the base of the left-field wall was in the middle of the Mets' three-run fourth inning.
A thrill and a scare: The Mets got both on the same play in the fifth inning Tuesday, when Juan Lagares made a great backhand catch on Everth Cabrera. The only problem was that left fielder Michael Cuddyer had trouble staying out of Lagares' way, and Cuddyer's leg hit Lagares' right shoulder. Lagares stayed down for a few seconds and got a visit from Collins and the Mets athletic trainer, but he remained in the game.
Another scare: Closer Jeurys Familia, who has been so good, was handed a two-run lead and immediately gave half of it back, serving up a first-pitch home run to Chris Davis. It was the first run Familia had allowed in 8 2/3 innings since April 14, when he gave up a home run to Philadelphia's Jeff Francoeur.
You again? Colon has now faced the Orioles 28 times, while wearing the uniform of seven different teams, dating back to Aug. 22, 1988 with the Cleveland Indians (when Cal Ripken was the Orioles third baseman). What's more, he now has at least one win over the Orioles with each of the seven teams.
Colon was 5-2 against the Orioles as an Indian, 1-2 with the Chicago White Sox, 2-3 with the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0 with the Boston Red Sox, 1-1 with the New York Yankees, 1-0 with the Oakland A's and now 1-0 with the Mets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Colon is the first pitcher to beat any team while pitching for seven different opponents.
Where is everybody? The Mets announced their smallest crowd of the season at 20,534.
What's next: The Mets and Orioles complete their two-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.34) starts for the Mets while right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 1.59) starts for the O's.